Criticism of anti-Barrow ad highlights late Athens judge
2:33 pm, January 23rd, 2013
The Washington Post’s “The Fact Checker” has given “Three Pinnochios” to a commercial blasting U.S. Rep. John Barrow, a Georgia Democrat, for his ties to the National Rifle Association. The Post said the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence used ”selective editing” to ”distort” a campaign commercial Barrow ran last year during his re-election campaign.
Barrow’s commercial showed him holding a rifle and saying how the weapon helped his grandfather “stop a lynching”–in what the Post said was a novel way to promote his gun-rights bona fides without offending black Democrats. The coalition’s commercial shows some of Barrow’s ad, juxtaposed with news coverage of the Newtown, Conn., school shooting.
An interesting part of the Post’s analysis is its examination of Barrow’s family history, which includes links to stories about his late father, Judge James Barrow, an Athens judge who “was instrumental in averting the violence that attended the desegregation of other southern universities,” one story said.
The Post said a spokesman for Barrow, himself a Harvard-trained lawyer, declined to discuss the coalition’s criticism of him.